The Adventures of Philip on His Way Through the World; Shewing Who Robbed Him, Who Helped Him, and Who Passed Him By Ch. 1–3 [1/20]
[William M Thackeray]
Medical Practitioners, Status, Class, Societies, Dissection
The novel begins with several characters reflecting on the ambiguous social status of medical doctors. Dr Brand Firmin, who is 'Physician to the Plethoric Hospital, Physician to the Grand Duke of Groningen, and [...] member of many learned societies', provokes the jealousy of 'other doctor-fellows [...] because he lives in the best society' (4). Firmin's house in Old Parr Street was once owned by 'a celebrated surgeon' and contains a concealed door that 'was very convenient for having the bodies in and out' (16).
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